//Embassies to be asked to take up issue of Indians in foreign jails

Embassies to be asked to take up issue of Indians in foreign jails

KOLLAM: Union Minister for Expatriate Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Tuesday that the 110 Indian embassies around the world would be asked to take up the release of the Indian citizens jailed on foreign soil. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Thoppil Ravi Foundation award distribution ceremony, he said ambassadors had already been asked to collect the details regarding the jailed Indians. He said the Emigration Act would be amended and strict vigil would be maintained to check the activities of the recruiting agencies.

The minister said many bogus recruiting agencies were thriving, as there had been an amendment in the laws pertaining to the registration. Earlier, they had to renew the registration every five years. The current laws enable the authorities only to initiate cheating cases under the IPC, the minister said. He said his priority would be to find solutions to the problems of Gulf Malayalees and South Indians working in the Gulf countries. He said the Government was toying with the idea of opening expatriate centres along with the embassies.

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